Grey's Anatomy Round Table: "Holidaze"

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Welcome to Grey's Anatomy Insider Round Table discussion! Below, our panelists break down some of the burning questions we're left with after last week's episode.

Topics for our "Holidaze" Round Table include memorable moments, the Chief's problem, the future of Owenstina, the holiday theme, and Chyler's awesome hubby ...

1. What was your favorite Grey's Anatomy quote from the episode?

McCritic: Bailey's impassioned defense of her life to her dad. You can look at our Grey's Anatomy quotes section for the whole thing, but it ended with "I'm happy, and my child is healthy, and that's enough for me today, Dad. That's enough."

MerDerLove: “If you want to stay mad, stay mad. But I’m just gonna be here kissing you.” Swoon at married MerDer!

iheartizzie: I love the lunchtime Alex-Cristina banter for the second straight week. Meredith: [to Cristina] Well, in that case you're Teddy's bitch. Alex: Maybe that's my problem - I'm nobody's bitch. Cristina: You're Izzie's bitch. Alex: YOU'RE a bitch.

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2. Did you like combining all the holidays into one episode?

iheartizzie: The season premiere took two full episodes to tell 40 days' worth of the characters' lives. In this case, Thanksgiving-New Year's is practically the same jammed into a single hour. Despite being a good episode, I thought some stories were cut short because of time. Also, the format necessitated some things - such as everyone at the same Christmas dinner - that seemed far-fetched. None of them have families? Nit-picky, I know, but things like that.

McCritic: Not really. This was a confusing scheduling move by ABC, as some shows are new this week or next or the week after. It felt very rushed and a little forced to me.

MerDerLove: I thought it was really good, with stories of forgiveness, love, family and more. I would have liked to have seen two hours but when isn't that the case?

3. How great was the story line with the girl and the heart?

MerDerLove: So great. I only realized after the fact that the "boyfriend" was Chyler Leigh's husband Nathan West! Cute guy, and a pretty solid actor too! Loved him in this episode.

McCritic: It was pretty great. We got to see what a cardio goddess Teddy is, buying the girl that much time. Teddy also taught Cristina a valuable lesson - that their patient's survival was only brought about by another tragedy, and wasn't something to be giddy over.

iheartizzie: In the case of this story line, I did think the holiday-combining format fit well. Talk about heartwarming ... literally at the end! I was really, really hoping she pulled through, and it's not always the case that you get attached to one-shot-deal guest stars.

4. What will happen with Owen, Teddy and Cristina?

McCritic: I don't know, but it's far from over. Owen's "I love Cristina" declaration seemed almost more for his own benefit than Cristina's or Teddy's. Is he trying to convince himself?

iheartizzie: Kevin McKidd himself says we're going to be "very torn and very involved and kind of sucked in." To me that says potentially a full season's worth of this love triangle. I think Cristina and Owen will be together in the end, but it's not going to be an easy, or short road.

MerDerLove: Here's the interesting thing if Kim Raver can pull it off as Teddy: Will she be universally hated for being seen as a threat to Owenstina, or will we end up liking her like many fans did Addison, a real person with good intentions, who just showed up at the wrong time?

5. As we look forward to 2010, assess the sixth season so far.

iheartizzie: I have mixed feelings. Individually, I think some of the recent episodes, particularly Derek and Arizona's, have been as good as any the show has ever produced. At the same time there is a little bit of a continuity problem, like they are a little disjointed and don't really fit together in a way that's hard to put your finger on. 

MerDerLove: For all the complaints fans have (myself included), I'm looking forward to seeing what 2010 brings. Sure, I'm still skeptical of Teddy, the Mercy Westers, what Izzie's deal is, etc., but there's a lot more to like about the show than not. The Owen-Cristina-Teddy story is getting good, as is anything involving Bailey, Der, etc.

McCritic: Wow, that's a loaded question you could go any number of directions with. Criticisms are easy to find when you care a lot, so I'll go in the opposite direction and say that honestly, this season has been great so far, actually, despite my fears of the cast getting too crowded. Whatever they're doing to keep the actors together, giving them time off periodically, keep doing it.

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You were not mistaken, truly


Also, really like Teddy character. Hope you keep her around.


Such a disappointing episode for the reasons mentioned above. It made me wonder if you are having budget issues? Christmas has always been interesting on Grey's, so, in addition to having to wait weeks and weeks for a new episode, missing this was the biggest disappointment of all.


This episode was one of my least favourites, I hope the new 2010 episodes will make up for this one. I agree with iheartizzie about Der and AZ episodes being the best of this season, though.


I'm not finding myself sucked into the storylines the way I've been in previous seasons. In other words, if this season was a book I was reading, I wouldn't have too much trouble putting it down. Seasons 1-4 I've watched after the fact on DVD (including for a second or third viewing) and I just wanted to watch episode after episode to find out what would happen next. I don't have that sense of anticipation with the storylines anymore. I also didn't really like how Seasons 4-5 gave us all these peripheral characters (the main characters' interns) who were present every episode but whom we never got to know very well - and then they suddenly all disappeared when "three quarters of (their) class" was let go. I know they could all be viewed as just a device for showcasing our favorites' leadership roles but I wish we'd been given a reason to like more than just Lexy. Even the whole Megan-Pierce-Steve triangle episode - the biggest plotline anyone from that class other than Lexy ever got - didn't give us insight into their perspectives.


Hi guys. I need your help.
This episode had a really wonderful melody in it that just haunts me now.
It plays when the girl without a heart tells Teddy and Christina that she wants to go outside and just before that when her boyfriend tells her how wonderful it is out there.
Can someone help me with the name of this piece please? I'm just hoping...


Bailey's dad was a DICK!


There seems to be a great effort to move the GA calender forward this season. By my very rough estimate we've must have passed through roughly six months since MerDer got married? I'm kinda glad cos I really want to see MAC finish their surgical training before GA finishes it's 7th season. I'll feel robbed otherwise. I'm glad that George was mentioned by Mer in episode 9.


Georgetot, yes I agree- the show was much better with the pregnancy cases when Addison was still around in Seattle Grace...


i liked it but as people are saying it was too rushed. I loved the idea of Mark having a kid he didn't/did know about, but I hated that there was no 'I'm pregnant' earlier. If Addison is coming in the next episode, I'm figuring that she's working with Sloane. And even at new years she didn't look pregnant enough for there to be a complication soon. Unless it's a etopic pregnancy. And even that. Wouldn't there be a new OBGYN at seattle grace by now to do less invasive surgeries like that? I know they're keeping the spot open for Addison, but the show is so much better with pregancy storylines for the patients. I guess thats what PP is for. Hate the Chief, but love the storyline. Loved Bailey in this episode when she's going off at her dad. And the Owen moments are enough to hold me until the new year. H. O. T. And this season seems to be flying by compared to other years. It took 3 seasons to be done the intern year (and it worked for them (storyline wise) that they did), but now it seems like they're crusing along at warp speed. I'm guessing that even though George is dead they want to make it seem like enough time has gone by so that by the end of the season they all realize for the second time "omg! George is dead!". Because the whole merger is stopping them from feeling this loss.

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Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 10 Quotes

Derek: I'll write a check. How much?
Arizona: I'll split it with you.
Mark: I have a teenager - what if she wants to go to college?
Arizona: Have you met her?
Mark: Fine, I'm in.

Meredith: Were you drinking when I was a kid? When you left me with my mother and got another family and never looked back?
Thatcher: No. I didn't start drinking until much later.
Meredith: Well then, we can't blame the world's evils on alcohol, can we?

Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Episode 10 Music

  Song Artist
Song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Grey's Anatomy Coldplay
Drummer boy Drummer Boy Jars of Clay iTunes
Song Awakening Sebastien Schuller iTunes